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Re: Reopening old underpasses - Atlantic Av IRT
Cred aside, though, we're not happy about Ratner's use of this tunnel. It would funnel fans from the LIRR and Atlantic/Pacific Street platforms directly into Ratner's arena -- bypassing local businesses in favor of Ratner's preferred chain box-stores and arena concessions.
Use of the tunnel would also reaffirm Ratner's skycrapers as an island unto themselves, failing the notion of linking Fort Greene and Prospect Heights. Much like riders on the old Train to the Plane, who avoided exposure to nearly all of Brooklyn (save the Jay Street station), visitors to Brooklyn would never have to walk our streets. Instead, they would be hermetically whisked from the station into Ratner's arena and towers.
Ratner's project would be a disaster on so many levels. Transit is one of them. Though its location -- across the street from the Atlantic Avenue hub -- is touted as perfect for a development this huge, it's anything but.
As a lot of you know, the Atlantic/Pacific subway station just underwent a rehab project lasting years. It was all done with no knowledge of Ratner's 16 skyscrapers. The station is already dangerously crowded. The current rehab on the LIRR station, same thing -- no planning for the Atlantic Yards project.
In addition (as you also know), the Atlantic/Pacific station is a horizontal hub, not a vertical terminus. It's designed for transfers, not disembarkations. Using Ratner's logic, the best place in Manhattan to build a skyscraper complex would be atop the West 4th Street station, with all those lines passing beneath. The LIRR station is a vertical point, but most of the crowds heading to the arena would be straphangers, not suburban commuters.
I'd like to see the old tunnel, sure. But not as part of Ratner's terrible project.
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